Farm Ireland

Thursday 19 July 2018

'Nationwide interest' in Kildare holding

This fine period property lies in the heart of the 382a on the market in Clonkeen, Co Kildare
This fine period property lies in the heart of the 382a on the market in Clonkeen, Co Kildare
An aerial view of Clonkeen farm
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

"The finest farm to come on the market in this area in a long time," is a phrase much used and abused by auctioneers. However, there are places that justify such outbreaks of enthusiasm and Clonkeen at Carbury, Co Kildare is one of them.

It is surely one of the finest farms to come on the market in a long time. It includes a solid 19th century house in fine condition, a yard with an impressive range of buildings and facilities and 382ac. Some 280ac are top class grazing ground, with the remainder made up of forestry and decent summer grazing. It is to be sold at auction with a guide of €3m.

The signs and portents prior to my visiting the place last week were not good. The night before was one of the wildest and wettest so far this year.

Given the weather and the terrain I was concerned I might need waders rather than wellingtons to walk the land. How wrong I was. Driving up the avenue to the house I am greeted by the sight of firm, green fields, neatly fenced with little sign of lodged water and all the signs of good ground and good husbandry.

The property is located a few minutes from Carbury and the Co Offaly town of Edenderry and runs down to the Grand Canal. The subject of an executor sale, the farm was owned by a Leitrim man who purchased it about 20 years ago and while he farmed it from a distance he did so with great care and no little amount of investment or attention.

The house, although not lived in for all these years, has been heated and looked after like any inhabited dwelling house.

A solid two-storey structure, it was re-roofed and fitted with double glazed PVC windows in 2005.

The accommodation includes a sitting room, dining room, a utility and a kitchen with fitted units and a four-oven, oil-fired AGA cooker.

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Upstairs is a bathroom and three bedrooms, one of which has ensuite facilities. Traditional features include some lovely decorative plasterwork, while modern features include the double glazing and central heating.

The house is perfectly habitable and, with some minor decorative work, would make a perfect family home.

To the rear of the house is a small, enclosed yard with a double garage, a tool shed and a washroom with WC.

The yard has an excellent range of beef-finishing sheds.

With accommodation for up to 500 head of stock, the extensive range of top quality buildings includes a six-pen, 12-bay slatted floor shed with rubber covered slats, a dual concrete feeding trough, a central feeding passage along with separation chutes for isolating or selecting cattle.


There is another six-bay, 24-pen slatted shed and the place is serviced by an automated slurry system.

Other accommodation and facilities include a five-bay haybarn, a nine-bay loose cattle shed, three loose boxes, a six-bay cubicle shed, a machinery shed, a six-bay fertiliser store and a 20t meal silo.

There is a large lairage area at the back of the yard adjacent to the rear avenue with two cattle crushes.

The entire yard is surrounded by a 25ft wide concrete apron making all sheds accessible to tractors and trucks.

The land includes 50ac of forestry and two 20ac sections of heavier ground at either side of an expansive crown of good, dry grazing land extending to 280ac.

On the day I visited I drove through much of it in the company of Stephen Barry of Raymond Potterton auctioneers.

The ground was firm under the wheels of Mr Barry's large machine and even after the rain of the night before the tyres barely left a trace. The gates to every field are well hung and secured with latch and chain, while the hedges were neatly trimmed and interspersed with water troughs.

Coillte has a right of way through one part of the land, which makes for the beginnings of an internal farm roadway system. Indeed, the avenue leading to the house and lands is part of the right of way.

There is no doubt but Clonkeen is a ready-to-go residential farm suitable for drystock or dairying.

According to Mr Barry interest in the property has come from all parts of the country and he is looking forward to a lively auction on Tuesday, April 21 at 3pm at Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield.

€3m guide for 382ac 'ready-to-go' farm with period residence and extensive outbuildings


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